Dyson is best known for its revolutionizing vacuum cleaners, however, the company is releasing new ideas and even stated in 2017 that it will be designing a “radically different” electric vehicle by 2020. As 2020 is quickly approaching, Dyson only has a few years to meet its projected timeline, and officially announced on October 23, it chose Singapore as the location for its first ever electric vehicle plant.
Dyson currently employs 1,100 people in Singapore, while it manufactures 21 million motors per year on autonomous production lines at the Advanced Manufacturing Centre. The news release states Singapore is the correct location for the company to build its EV facility, as the country’s supply chain expertise and manufacturing resources combined with proximity to high growth markets make it the best location.
The consumer technology company is also investing £200m into new buildings and testing facilities at its campus at Hullavington Airfield in the UK, in addition to its two-story manufacturing development. Dyson employs 400 people at its campus in the UK, who work on its electric vehicle. The company further stated it more than doubled in its investment in solid state battery research since it acquired the Michigan-based Sakti3. Forbes notes construction for its manufacturing and assembly facility is expected to begin in December, while it is projected to be completed in 2020.